Want to be unique? Try life without complaints

Posted: Friday, May 31, 2002

Skyline. Fuller Lakes. Resurrection.

Just a few of the trails I hope to be on this summer. Who can complain when on a mountain trail, surrounded by the diversity of the wilderness?

Apparently a lot of people can. Here are just a few of the comments of hikers collected in 1996 by the staff of the Bridger Wildnerness Area in Wyoming:

"Too many bugs and leeches and spiders and spider webs. Please spray the wildnerness to rid the area of these pests."

"Please avoid building trails that go uphill."

"The coyotes made too much noise last night and kept me awake. Please eradicate these annoying animals."

And my personal favorite: "Too many rocks in the mountains."

Of course! If only our own Fish and Game people would attend to complaints such as these, think how much better our hiking experience would be.

They could even kill two birds with one (less) stone: The more rocks they remove from the mountains, the less our trails will have to go uphill.

It is clear that some people can complain anywhere, anytime.

There is, however, another way. Want to stand out from the crowd? Want to be unique? Take the simple advice of Philippians 2:14-16: "Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life." (New International Version, italics mine.)

God bless us to live with more rocks, less complaints.

Rick Cupp is the pastor of Kenai Fellowship. The phone number is 283-7682. The church's Sunday schedule includes coffee and prayer at 10 a.m.; worship at 10:30 a.m.; and children's church at 11 a.m. At 7 p.m. Wednesday worship and classes for all ages is scheduled.

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